It has been a loopy 5 years for Nergal, (Adam Darski) entrance man for excessive steel band Behemoth. Along with releasing a tenth studio album, the much-acclaimed The Satanist, in 2014, the hard-rocking efficiency artist, singer, and guitarist accomplished profitable bone marrow transplant therapies for leukemia, identified in 2011.
The identical yr The Satanist was launched, Adam someway fell in love with the barbering life-style and determined to speculate, opening a store he named Barberian in his native Poland. Right this moment, Barberian outlets are thriving at three places, two in Warsaw and one in Adam’s hometown of Gdansk. Adam tells me a fourth is on its means in Warsaw later this yr.
Once I was in Poland just lately to interview Stefan Batory, the CEO of the loopy in style on-line reserving app BOOKSY, Stefan advisable Adam as an enthusiastic shopper. I positively needed to know extra about Adam’s journey, and he was graciously agreed to a meet-up, regardless of prepping for a Behemoth summer time tour of the US with legendary steel band Slayer.
We chatted at one of many Warsaw Barberian outlets, a cushty, eclectic setting of careworn wooden and aged brick accented with gently worn, overstuffed leather-based furnishings. Barber and non-barber associated antiques add to the ambiance, and a (very steel) assortment of animal skulls and demons masks cowl one wall of naked brick, including simply the appropriate contact of animus.
Trim, carrying a black vest, black slacks and black trainers, bare-armed Adam was relaxed and fairly at dwelling in his comfy store.
Larry: Adam, as a black man from London, I don’t get a lot publicity to Polish rock stars and celebrities, so inform me about your life-style exterior of barbering earlier than we speak store.
Adam: Effectively, the factor is, you’re a black man from London, and I’m a black steel man from Warsaw, so we now have one thing in widespread (laughter).
I’m initially a musician, an artist, so labels like ‘rock star’ and ‘celeb’ aren’t actually in my dictionary. It’s OK to present individuals an image of the place I’m coming from. However I’m a stage persona and a performer, an entertainer, and this (store) is mainly my little one.
The ex-owner, she had this concept to start out a barbershop in Warsaw. We began investigating and instantly I fell in love with the entire tradition and the best way they method life. It felt very coherent with who I’m. I had some cash to speculate and it was like, that is precisely the place I need to channel my vitality.
So I got here up with the identify “Barberian,” which I feel is a pleasant phrase play.
Larry: The definition of ‘barbarian’ is exterior of anybody civilization, and outdoors of the store, you painting as being in your personal darkish world, so I feel it’s “on model.”
Adam: Yeah, I feel there’s a good parallel between Barberian and what I do in my day by day life, although that is my day by day life as effectively. So for me, it’s all about having completely different skins or completely different masks; every one represents completely different qualities of your character. Barbers are professionals caring for males’s well being or males’s aesthetic, however it is rather creative, and my spirit is launched right here extra artistically than in a enterprise means.
I’m pleased with having critical enter on the best way it seems to be. The thought got here from ardour and coronary heart. It’s true and you’ll’t pretend this. It’s all actual, very natural.
Larry: Have you ever ever visited Shoreditch in London?
Adam: Sure, I went there a few months in the past and it was superb! At this nook there was this advanced; it was a espresso place and restaurant and within the nook there’s a barber store – don’t know if it.
LARRY: Sure, It’s known as Sptalfields! It’s obtained previous conventional – seems to be like a theatre. That’s known as Barber Barber.
Adam: Sure, sure, sure! And I approached these guys and one in every of them went, ‘Are you Nergal? What are you doing right here? I’m an enormous fan!’
Effectively, I used to be there as a result of I used to be within the barber store and the best way he was situated and the constellation of it. Superb! So I like this neighborhood. I really keep on the Ace Resort each time I am going. It’s my favourite place there.
Larry: Shoreditch is without doubt one of the coolest locations in London, and your house has an actual Shoreditch really feel about it.
Adam: I agree. That could be a widespread vibe that we share.
Larry: Inform me what a shopper may count on at Barberian.
Adam: There’s a relaxed vibe right here. There may be all the time rock music, no random radio stuff. The music, the manufacturers of alcohol, it’s all coherent, very specified. You enter Barberian and you’ll be handled as a king!
Carry girls, your spouse – we’re not Nazis, not like the entire barber tradition you’ve most likely skilled the place no lady is allowed – however if you happen to convey your spouse, let her sit there, let her have her espresso, or no matter she wants, and let her admire her husband.
Larry: That is getting sexier by the minute!
Adam: (laughs) I bear in mind this couple got here and he or she did all of the speaking. ‘He wants this, and he wants that,’ and one in every of us was like, ‘No, girl, relax! The gentleman is aware of what he desires. Let him speak. Keep calm, chill out, and admire your husband.’
I don’t need to sound chauvinistic, however this can be a males’s place, ? I don’t prefer to go to a hairdresser, as a result of I get bored. There are spheres, and worlds separated. I feel it’s wholesome for males to be in a males’s surroundings, wholesome on your mind.
Larry: I observed you’ve your personal model of beer.
Adam: I’ve had Behemoth for 25 years now. We issued 5 sorts and it’s Belgian, all craft beers. I’m a fan of the one lager we now have, known as Phoenix. The beers are issued by an area brewery known as Perun.
Any buyer will get all this at no cost. They’ll chill, have a beer or whisky or actually good espresso. I’m an enormous espresso individual and that is one of the best espresso on the town! I do know it seems like an advert however I actually imply that.
Larry: I’ve spoken to Adam Beek, an vital barber at Barber Join within the UK and he stated two issues are vital in a barber store; good haircuts and good espresso. In case you are missing both of these then you definately haven’t obtained a barbershop.
Adam: Stunning! Precisely!
Larry: By all accounts Barberian is totally booked. Since you’re a model supporter, I’m curious of the function your on-line system Booksy performs in store administration.
Adam: It makes our work very easy and far simpler, easy as that. We began with the telephone calls and walk-in and it was rising, however with Booksy it is rather easy. I wouldn’t return to the years once we didn’t have that system. I feel it’s superb.
Larry: What sort of issues did you’ve earlier than on-line reserving?
Adam: It was far more work for us, writing down all the things, the receptionist all the time on the telephone. However with Booksy all of it occurs within the ‘different world,’ mainly!
Larry: You suggest it?
Adam (seems to be into digital camera): GO FOR IT! (laughs) Critically, I do know the competitors, and a lot of the enterprise is walk-in; they reject techniques like Booksy. I respect the old fashioned means, however we wouldn’t do it right here, as a result of we use all of the instruments which are there to make life simpler.
Larry: Are you able to really minimize hair?
Adam: No! However I’ve a clipper so once I‘m on the street with the band and may’t discover a native store, I would like to ensure my beard is trimmed, I prefer it to look very clear.
Barbering is my enterprise, but additionally my passion, my love and my life. I’m an enormous fan of those guys, however I don’t have ambitions to turn out to be a barber. I can do it with my very own clipper on me, however that’s about it!
The good factor about barbershops is – I visited possibly tons of of barbershops world wide and I bear in mind every one.
Larry: Sure! There may be particular person character.
Adam: Precisely! There may be individuality and keenness and love as a result of barbers are additionally lovers of barbering; they’re there for a motive.
Larry: What recommendation do you’ve for different house owners who need success?
Adam: Don’t go for achievement at any value. If you happen to do what you’re keen on and it’s simply straight out of your coronary heart, simply excellent it. Finally success will occur and you’ll not even discover! You’ll simply be completely satisfied and have nice shoppers who respect your work.